William Hazlitt

#48038 William Hazlitt

The slaves of power mind the cause they have to serve, because their own interest is concerned; but the friends of liberty always sacrifice their cause, which is only the cause of humanity, to their own spleen, vanity, and self-opinion. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about humanity
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Those who aim at faultless regularity will only produce mediocrity, and no one ever approaches perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about perfection
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We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about art
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Do not keep on with a mockery of friendship after the substance is gone — but part, while you can part friends. Bury the carcass of friendship: it is not worth embalming. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about friendship
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Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the colour in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty, and your animal spirits, and you will pass for a fine man. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about beauty
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You know more of a road by having travelled it then by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about world
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The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about life
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A scholar is like a book written in a dead language — it is not every one that can read in it. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about language
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I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it roaring and raging like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free, and ending just where it began. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about mind
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Mankind are an incorrigible race. Give them but bugbears and idols — it is all that they ask; the distinctions of right and wrong, of truth and falsehood, of good and evil, are worse than indifferent to them. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about truth
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Man is a make-believe animal — he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about art
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If a person has no delicacy, he has you in his power, for you necessarily feel some towards him; and since he will take no denial, you must comply with his peremptory demands, or send for a constable, which out of respect for his character you will not do. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about war
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Belief is with them mechanical, voluntary: they believe what they are paid for — they swear to that which turns to account. Do you suppose, that after years spent in this manner, they have any feeling left answering to the difference between truth and falsehood? .

William Hazlitt Quotes about truth
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The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness, than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about pain
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The origin of all science is in the desire to know causes; and the origin of all false science and imposture is in the desire to accept false causes rather than none; or, which is the same thing, in the unwillingness to acknowledge our own ignorance. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about knowledge
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When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest. .

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Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about soul
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Well, I've had a happy life. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about life
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General principles are not the less true or important because, from their nature they elude immediate observation; they are like the air, which is not the less necessary because we neither see nor feel it, or like that secret influence which binds the world together and holds the planets in their orbits. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about nature
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The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about nature
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They are the only honest hypocrites. Their life is a voluntary dream; a studied madness. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about life
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There is, however, no prejudice so strong as that which arises from a fancied exemption from all prejudice. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about prejudice
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Grace has been defined the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about war
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Grace in women has more effect than beauty. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about women
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Grace is the absence of every thing that indicates pain or difficulty, or hesitation or incongruity. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about pain
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All that is worth remembering in life, is the poetry of it. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about life
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Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about poetry
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The poetical impression of any object is that uneasy, exquisite sense of beauty or power that cannot be contained within itself; that is impatient of all limit; that (as flame bends to flame) strives to link itself to some other image of kindred beauty or grandeur; to enshrine itself, as it were, in the highest forms of fancy, and to relieve the aching sense of pleasure by expressing it in the boldest manner, and by the most striking examples of the same quality in other instances. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about beauty
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The characteristic ofis intensity; of , remoteness; of Milton, elevation; of Shakespeare, every thing. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about character
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The temple of fame stands upon the grave: the flame that burns upon its altars is kindled from the ashes of dead men. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about men
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talked on for ever; and you wished him to talk on for ever. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about you
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The love of fame, as it enters at times into his mind, is only another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority — that of time. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about love
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The Tory is one who is governed by sense and habit alone. He considers not what is possible, but what is real; he gives might the preference over right. He cries long life to the conqueror, and is ever strong upon the stronger side — the side of corruption and prerogative. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about life
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Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about art
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It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter. .

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We are all of us more or less the slaves of opinion. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about opinion
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The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about love
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Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about wit
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Anyone must be mainly ignorant or thoughtless, who is surprised at everything he sees; or wonderfully conceited who expects everything to conform to his standard of propriety. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about thought
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Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about food
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Some one is generally sure to be the sufferer by a joke. .

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Wit is, in fact, the eloquence of indifference. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about fact
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Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about light
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First impressions are often the truest, as we find (not unfrequently) to our cost when we have been wheedled out of them by plausible professions or actions. A man's look is the work of years, it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about life
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Great thoughts reduced to practice become great acts. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about thoughts
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Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a real confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about self
#48084 William Hazlitt

One has no notion of him as making use of a fine pen, but a great mutton-fist; his style stuns readers...He is too much for any single newspaper antagonist; "lays waste" a city orator or Member of Parliament, and bears hard upon the government itself. He is kind of fourth estate in the politics of the country. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about politics
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He changes his opinions as he does his friends, and much on the same account. He has no comfort in fixed principles; as soon as anything is settled in his own mind, he quarrels with it. He has no satisfaction but the chase after truth, runs a question down, worries and kills it, then quits it like a vermin, and starts some new game, to lead him a new dance, and give him a fresh breathing through bog and brake, with the rabble yelping at his heels and the leaders perpetually at fault. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about truth
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Scholars, like princes, may learn something by being incognito. Yet we see those who cannot go into a bookseller's shop, or bear to be five minutes in a stage-coach, without letting you know who they are. They carry their reputation about with them as the snail does its shell, and sit under its canopy, like the lady in the lobster. I cannot understand this at all. What is the use of a man's always revolving round his own little circle? He must, one should think, be tired of it himself, as well as tire other people. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about books
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Any one who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape. .

William Hazlitt Quotes about education

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